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oprah: calling all you "oprah show" ultimate viewers out there, have you watched from the very beginning? had too many a-ha moments to count? has the show changed your life? go to oprah.com and tell us your story or about the ultimate viewer in your life. >> ♪ it takes different strokes to move the world yes, it does ♪ oprah: they were one of tv's most popular set of siblings. >> today we'll find out if you get to be my real brothers! oprah: "diff'rent strokes" made
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todd bridges, gary coleman, and dana plato child superstars. when the show wrapped in 1986, all 3 remained in the headlines, bu wrong reasons. todd bridges spent nearly a decade consumed with drugs and legal battles that left his career and reputation in shambles. before gary coleman's untimely death this past may, his legal woes, health issues, and marital problemsstae tabloids. and dana plato was written off the show when she got pregnant at the age of 18. broke and desperate, she was convicted of armed robbery-- >> what i need is--i need help. i'm sick. oprah: and later appeared nude in magazines and porn movies. in 1999, dana plato dies of an overdose. oprah: you know, there have been people who said that--because of dana's issues with drugs, and gary coleman has had his
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problems we've seen reported in the media, and you certainly have had your problems--people have said that that whole kind of child cast was cursed. what do you say? >> i think we had very similar backgrounds when it came to our parents. you know? but thank god--like i said, i had a stronger mother--that i was able to make it back. unfortunately, had very--it's not a curse. if it was a curse, i'd still be doing it, you know? i'm 17 years sober, so it couldn't be that much of a curse. oprah: yeah, it's--you're 17 years sober, but yet, people still associate you with all the-- >> of course. and that kind of upsets me, the fact that i have to-- oprah: is that why you wrote this book now? >> yeah. i wrote this book because--so people could realize what i've gone through to get there 'cause--i accept full responsibility. like i said, i-- oprah: yeah. you're not blaming the childhood star thing? >> no, i am--no. you know, i made some stupid decisions and some horrible choices, but my question always is, "how long is the media going to continue to make me pay for it?" what do i have to do? well, i'll tell you an interesting, funny story. i saved a lady's life a couple years ago. you know, she was a paraplegic and she went into the balboa lake. yeah, and i jumped in and went in the water, brought her up, resuscitated her, brought her back to life. and i'm watching "fox news" and
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they say, "oh, actor todd bridges was a hero today, but he wasn't such a hero in 1985" and start bringing up all my stuff. [laughter] you know? and, you know, i was like, "oh, my god." it is like, you know, unfortunately, they always use me as the poster child. but i think that sensationalism sells, so that's why they're probably going to continue to do it. oprah: so is life good now? >> life is--for me it's great. i mean, you know, i don't live day to day where i'm worried about, you know--the only thing that's a little bit sketchy sometimes is, you know, you're living check to check sometimes, and sometimes you're not. sometimes, everything is--you have an influx of money and sometimes you don't, you know? but, you know-- oprah: you're not being paid forever on "diff'rent strokes" reruns? >> no--well, i am being--but it's like tidbits. i think the best check--i got a check for, like, i think it was $400, and it was from, like, "little house." oprah: yeah. >> you know, and that was cool. but "diff'rent strokes" has kind of whittled its way down to, like, $2.00 a show or $3.00 a show, and we get no dvd money, so you know, we don't see any of that. oprah: well, all the best to you. >> thank you. oprah: "killing willis." thank you, todd. [applause] oprah: "killing willis" is out in stores now. thanks for
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breaking news. >> breaking news today. hundreds of homes in the line of fire under evacuation orders in kern county. right now more than 1,100 acres have burned. >> this is eyewitness news at 6:00. tonight, more than 150 firefighters are locked in this dangerous firefight near lebec. as many as 200 homes are evacuated in the area near frazier park in lebec, and more evacuations could be ahead. our breaking news team coverage begins live over the fire. j.t.? >> reporter: yeah, what you're looking at right here is that ridge line. this is the ridge line that divides frazier park from the fire itself. the southern flank of this fire. but basically the dc-10 right now is back inbound to drop that 12,000 gallons of phos-chek retardant on this line to keep it in between the homes here in frazier park and the fire. right now the fire has to burn downhill against the wind and over that phos-chek line to make it down to this community of frazier park. right now it's looking fairly good unless the winds shift or
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something changes with those sundowner winds. reporting live, j.t.alpaugh. >> thank you. and in nearby frazier park, people are getting told to get ready to go should the evacuation call come. eyewitness news is there live and speaking with the anxious residents. leo? >> reporter: exactly, david. some residents here in frazier park have reportedly been told to stand ready. they have gotten phone calls to stand ready just in case they need to evacuate. here in frazier park, we are less than two miles away from where the flames are burning in lebec, the flames are burning just on the other side of that ridge there. air 7 is over the fire in lebec. there's a lot of smoke burning. there's some fires still burning in that area. now, this assault, the assault on this fire is an aerial assault. firefighters have been pounding away at the fire from the air. the dc-10 has been brought in on numerous occasions which has really helped to beat back the flames. no structures burned as of yet.
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nearly 200 residents in lebec have been evacuated. they have been told to come to frazier mountain high school. this is where the evacuation center is. and as the firefight continues, residents in frazier park are concerned if shifting winds push flames into their community. again, they could be the next ones to evacuate. a lot of those residents stand ready to do just that. you see there are a lot of beautiful homes just on the ridge of the frazier park side. not far from where those flames are burning just on the other side there in lebec. those residents there are ready. residents on the other side of us, some of them have reportedly been told to be ready to evacuate if the need to evacuate comes down. that all depends on what the winds do. now, firefighters have been bringing in more and more resources. l.a. county fire, cal fire brought in, to help pound away at the flames here. and firefighters, of course, hoping at some point they'll be able to get on the ground and get in there close enough to
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choke this fire off completely. but again, the biggest part of this attack has come from the air. live in frazier park, leo stallworth, abc 7 eyewitness news. >> right now joining us on the phone is jamie cohen, owner of rocky's downtown bar and grill in lebec. >> that's correct. >> i understand your daughter was evacuated from her home. what's her status right now? >> right now they're basically just trying to find out what the status is in the canyon from where they were evacuated. and just trying to get some information. there's still -- the fire is still burning, obviously. and a lot of black smoke. and she was one of the -- among the first people to be evacuated out of that canyon. and it was pretty frighteningly close. so right now, just waiting to find out the status of what's going on in the canyon and see what direction the fire seems to be going.
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>> we should point out shortly after that newscast, the evacuation orders thankfully were lifted in that area. >> hopefully the situation's getting a little better. coming up, security video captures the scene that would really disturb anyone. >> oh, yeah. the uproar over the video and what a woman was caught on tape doing to a cat. we'll be right back.
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this is unbelievable video. this is caught on surveillance footage from great britain. it has a woman in a lot of hot water. it shows her shoving a live cat into a dumpster. >> the video which has gone online has gone viral. now animal lovers are demanding the woman be arrested. the bbc shows us exactly what happened. >> reporter: an ordinary street. and at first, this looks like an ordinary encounter between a woman and a cat in coventry. but then this happens. grabbed by the scruff of the neck, lola the tabby is dumped in the bin. it took 15 hours to find her. and after reviewing the footage from their cctv cameras, her owners were shocked to discover how she got there. >> it was very cruel.
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i just can't understand what would go through anyone's head just to do such a thing, you know, to an animal. it could have been a lot worse, she could have been in there a lot longer. >> reporter: the footage has generated global interest on the internet and is now with the authorities. the pictures from these cameras initially put up to keep an eye on the family car are so clear that the police have been able to identify the woman in them. and she'll be interviewed shortly by rspca inspectors who are leading the investigation. in the meantime, they're urging members of the public to allow them to deal with the matter. anthony bartram, bbc news, coventry. >> according to authorities the woman has not yet been arrested because she hasn't committed an actual crime. authorities there are still talking to her so we'll see where the case goes. >> there's been so much outrage about this story there's actually a facebook page now set up. it's called help find the woman who put my cat in the bin.
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finally this half hour, when it comes to stopping crooks with your iphone, there is an app for that. >> incredible. a burglary was busted up and the robbers were caught on the homeowner's iphone when they were halfway across the country. wfaa's jason whitley reports now from dallas. >> this is the guy came in, he went like this. to look inside the house. >> reporter: vince hunter considers himself tech-savvy. >> so we checked -- we just checked on our phone. i've got a few webcams set up here. and we could see it kind of unfolding as the guys were leaving. >> reporter: but never realized the newest app on his iphone
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would thwart a burglary while he was out of town. >> 1,500 miles away, live footage to our phones of guys breaking into our house. >> reporter: the technology is amazing. >> they had just got done robbing the house -- >> reporter: it sent him a text message friday afternoon, alerting him of movement inside his house. as two men wearing gloves peeked through the patio door, then started throwing a brick at the glass. >> this is where it hit right here. we watched them throw it three times. right here. kind of see where it hit. >> reporter: vince hunter was in connecticut, visiting his parents, watching helplessly as it all unfolded on his mobile phone. >> the fourth time i decided to wind up and really let it rip. just went right through. this here brick was sitting in the middle of our living room floor. >> reporter: it's called the icam. a $4.99 app. >> the software broadcasts sound. >> reporter: the hunters called 911 from connecticut as their
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home security system did the same in dallas. minutes later, police with guns drawn stepped inside. they got the icam a couple of months ago as a supplement to their security system and are able to peek in their own home any time from anywhere. by using an app on their mobile phone. >> i've gone through sadness and now it's anger. i mean, these -- they're just hoodlums. and the fact that they keep doing this over and over again, they have to be stopped. a cabinet where i kept all of my silver -- >> reporter: the same burglars had just hit julie mcdonald's home two doors down and are suspected in a number of neighborhood burglaries. not yet in custody, but an iphone app has finally caught them on camera. >> five bucks well spent. wow. >> you know, the funny thing to me is they have the traditional security system. >> right. >> and this sounds like it almost beat that system. they say it kind of timed out exactly but you have to wonder called. if he himself hadn't have
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h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@ vital vote. the incumbents advancing after last night's primaries. >> i am the real democrat in this race. >> the established candidates who bucked the trend. then, driving danger. the potentially explosive problem investigated in millions of suvs. and, sales slump. the worst housing report in decades lead to innovative changes in the market. it's wednesday, august 25 itth. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> this is a buyer's market out there for sure. crazy. >> yeah, i think the key though you have to be wanting to stay in a house three to five years. >> to make it worth it. >> exactly. it is something like 27% dip in sales. >> time for us to stop renting.
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>> i know, it's painful to write that check, especially in new york. >> i've learned the hard way this first month, trust me. >> you'll hear much more about that story coming up. good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. voters in some influential states have decided that old is better than new. >> primary results are favoring incumbents. karen travers has results of last night's primaries. good morning, karen. >> good morning, rob and vinita. tuesday's primaries were the last big contests before november's midterm elections. and the results buck some trends. forget all that recent talk about anti-incumbent fever. the establishment candidates prevailed. senator john mccain won big in his republican primary after a fierce challenge from former congressman j.d. hayworth. >> i promise you, i take nothing for granted. i'll fight with every ounce of strength and conviction i possess to make the case for my continued service in the senate. >> reporter: hayworth slammed
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mccain on immigration and spending and questioned his conservative credentials. mccain's win did not come cheap. the veteran senator spent $21 million to fend off hayworth. in alaska, sarah palin was once again in the spotlight but not on the ballot. the former alaska governor backed tea party candidate joe miller in the republican senate primary over senator lisa murkowski. >> he's got the backbone to confront obama's radical agenda. by contrast, lisa murkowski has voted with the democrats more than any republican up for re-election this year. >> reporter: in florida, congressman kendrick meek crushed real estate mogul jeff greene for the democratic senate nomination. >> and i want to thank every floridian that cast a ballot in this primary election to make me the democratic nominee, and eventually the next senator of the state of florida. >> reporter: meek now enters a tough three-way battle against republican upstart marco rubio and florida governor charlie crist, who left the republican party to run as an independent. rob and vinita? the congressional budget
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office has released a new stimulus scorecard. its independent analysis finds that the administration's commitments will cost $27 billion more than expected for a total of $814 billion. the program continues to boost economic growth. it's also saved or created as many as 3.3 million jobs from april to june of this year. federal safety officials have opened an investigation into older models of the popular jeep grand cherokee. a consumer group asked the agency to determine whether its gas tank too easily catches fire. as abc's lisa stark demonstrates, it could be a fatal flaw. >> reporter: the government defect investigation involves 3 million older chrysler jeep grand cherokees. models 2004 and earlier. the concern is the fuel tank and where it's placed. you can see it's below the rear bumper. a little bit of it sticks out. the center for auto safety is concerned that in rear-end crashes or even in rollovers this tank can rupture. that consumer group says it's
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counted some 254 fatalities that may be blamed on this fuel tank placement. chrysler changed the design of the car in 2005 and moved that fuel tank forward. the automaker says it wasn't for safety but simply for redesign. and it says this vehicle is perfectly safe and meets or exceeds all government safety standards. the government isn't sure. that's why it's investigating. it wants to know if this is a safety defect, and whether there needs to be a recall. lisa stark, abc news, washington. former usda official shirley sherrod has said thanks but no thanks to a new job. after a meeting yesterday with agriculture secretary tom vilsack, sherrod said she could not say yes to the offer at this point, considering all that's happened. however, sherrod said she may do some consulting work for the secretary on racial issues. the recent salmonella scare may force the u.s. to start vaccinating hens. the vaccinations are now
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required in england, which has the safest egg supply in europe. investigators in the u.s. are still trying to figure out where the outbreak started. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: already more than 1,200 people have gotten sick. scientists from cdc told abc news tens of thousands more could get sick from contaminated eggs. >> this is a large outbreak, there's no doubt about that. it compares to some of the bigger outbreaks we would have seen due to this type of organism back in the 1980s and '90s. >> reporter: the cdc predicts the vast majority of cases will go unreported. one in five who get sick from this strain will need to be hospitalized. scientists haven't yet figured out the source of the contamination but have identified infected hens that have been laying infected eggs, which includes the yolk and egg whites inside. health officials say exposure to salmonella from an infected egg can happen instantly. when you touch or crack open an egg, for example, and it gets on your hands. it can spread so easily, it only
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takes one bad egg to infect a meal, a restaurant, or a factory. and it's impossible to see. salmonella on a countertop is invisible. and there's no smell. a small spot can be home to plenty of disease. enough to make a whole family sick. >> there are hundreds of millions of cells in each one of these dark circles that you see. >> reporter: this experiment that showed how easily salmonella can spread in a kitchen after a meal, after wiping everything down. the kitchen appeared spotless. when we turned off the lights a uv ray revealed dozens of hot spots. the bacteria doubles every 20 minutes. in one government study this particular strain of salmonella survived on some surfaces for up to four days. nearly as long as the more deadly e. coli bacteria. >> it takes less than 100 to about 100,000 cells to make someone sick. >> reporter: health officials say that plain old soap and water kills salmonella the best
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on all surfaces. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. chinese investigators want to know why a passenger jet crashed, killing at least 42 people. the plane apparently overshot the runway and burst into flames upon landing. it's the worst aviation disaster in china since 2004. one of the survivors said there was severe turbulence before that plane went down. also, coast guard cameras captured a dramatic scene off the bahamas this week. a small plane crashed in oce fre six passengers, including two children and a pregnant woman, were pulled to safety. they were clinging to their plane's tail. no one was seriously hurt. now here is a look at your forecast. still cooler than normal in the northeast. showers from new england down to the carolinas. scattered thunderstorms across florida. light rain in south texas. thunderstorms in new mexico, arizona, and colorado. and hot in the west. >> triple digits in phoenix and sacramento. 90s from boise to colorado
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springs. 74 in minneapolis. 81 at omaha. 88 in dallas. 76 here in new york. 83 in baltimore. 92 in miami. texas rangers fans were at the edge of their seats last night even before the first pitch. >> an army skydiver snagged his parachute and ended up dangling from a flagpole. the dive was part of a pregame show at the stadium. the skydiver was able to free himself, jump to a platform over the scoreboard, and walk away no problem. >> that looks so scary, doesn't it? you can see the other skydivers managed to land without incident. the snagged parachute whipped in the wind for a few minutes, but workers quickly took it down. >> lucky he wasn't hurt. >> that could have ended much more dramatically. we'll be right back with more "world news now." the grand canyon? it's all possible ith a hoveround., tom: hi i'm tom kruse, inventor rand founder of hoveround., when we say you're free to see the world, we mean it. call today and get a free overound information kit,
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welcome back, everybody. now to the latest blow to an already sagging economy. sales of existing homes fell 27%
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last month. >> that is the biggest drop in 40 years. with such a huge slump in the market, sellers are using new and innovative techniques. john donvan reports. >> reporter: these two words on the american front lawn. do they now have the ring of a prayer? a plea to the market gods? get me out of here! now that we're hearing today about a 27% drop in the number r of homes sold last month, compared to june. 27%. that is terrible news for anyone who has been counting on or driven to selling the family house. because with the exception of a few markets like, say, las vegas or phoenix, where prices fell fastest and hardest, we are not, says economist dean baker, anywhere near done with this yet. >> it's going to take a long, long time in some of these markets, in say florida where you had really big bubbles, those prices are not going to come back any time soon.
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>> if there's somebody whose financial planning is based on their house price coming up in value soon, you're saying maybe they should come up with another plan. >> exactly. there's absolutely no reason to expect prices are going to go back to the levels they were at three or four years ago. >> reporter: baker was ahead of most economists in spotting the great american housing bubble. we were curious for his take on some of the innovative ways americans are trying to weather the downturn. among them, well, if you must move but cannot sell there is something called a home tending company that will send people to live, at very low rents, in your otherwise empty, otherwise nonselling home. like this one near salt lake city. gina blair was living here for $650 a month. the only catch being -- >> i have to keep it clean. every single morning i get up and i go through a routine of making the beds, wiping down mirrors, sinks, watering plants, trimming things, making sure that the yard's immaculate. >> reporter: all in the hope
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that someone would finally buy it, after more than two years on the market. the idea behind home tending is simple. once you hear it put this way by the woman who runs the company. >> because of security. i mean, you hear on the news all the time these homes are getting broken into, they're getting stuff ripped out of the walls, appliances stolen. >> reporter: gina got eight months in the house before it finally did sell, possibly in part because she was there. dean baker's take on it -- >> we have a lot of vacant homes in the country. certainly where you bank on properties it's to their benefit to have someone in there to keep up the property. >> reporter: what about renting out part of your home to help cover housing costs or living costs? >> what are we going to do with this space? we've got plenty of space upstairs, we don't need it. >> reporter: what about simply walking away? that starts to look pretty tempting when your mortgage is $390,000, but the value of your
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home has dropped to something closer to $300,000. the facts of per'scial umploe a i've had to resort to taking my social security. >> reporter: he's reached the conclusion being foreclosed upon is his best option. >> rather than living month to month worrying about my survival, i have decided that the better course is to walk away from this home. >> reporter: and he is working with a consulting firm called youwalkaway.com, co-founded by chad rule. >> obviously, this has a negative repercussion on their credit. but they're willing to take that, because they're not going to use their credit to go buy another home. they'd rather save this money, put it toward savings, put it toward another investment, and recover financially. >> rep manns a looking at thison, combination with what is called a shortsalh ba and the owner gets notng. except away from the nightmare. >> i think it's a perfectly reasonable option in many cases. people are often underwater
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mortgages in a way there's no way they cd ho equity in their home. >> reporter: here's er option. one baker himself has been advocating. create a system that lets people who lose their homes to the lending bank stay on in the house as renters. >> they would have the option to stay there as a renter for up to five years, paying that rent. what it does is gives them security in their home, and it also from the standpoint of the neighborhood keeps the home occu >> reporter: not exa american but that dream takes a down payment. one that 25 million unemployed or underemployed americans will not have for a long time, if ever. i'm john donvan in washington. >> it really is interesting to see how things have changed. think that's the biggest on hgtv it used to babou flipping and renovating to sell. now the biggest show is called "income property." it teaches you how to take your home, like that couple, and figure out a way to make income
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welcome back, everybody. you think of sean penn, what do you think about? >> manly man. except for "milk." >> yeah, he was kind of the rough guy, knocking over paparazzi. sean is sporting a new look. these are photos from yesterday out in dublin, ireland, where he's filming a new movie called "this must be the place." he's playing in this movie a retired rock star who's searching for the ex-nazi who killed his father in a concentration camp. kind of a serious plot there. you look for sean, the
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teased-out hair, white makeup, earrings. interesting look for mr. penn. it's not how folks are used to seeing the 50-year-old actor in that rock star drag kind of outfit. >> whatever the role is, he's such a talented actor. >> amazing. >> i will watch it. that scene just makes me want to see it even more because he's so good in whatever he does. >> he brings that intensity, his real-life intensity to the screen, always good. new look but should be a good movie. >> i say new yorkers and you think of the iconic ones. you think of giuliani, ed koch, liza minelli, woody allen. this is why this story is the most shocking of all to me. he basically says he began shooting movies in european cities because he can't afford to do it in new york anymore. he went on to say a lot of the american cinema he's done, in other words the movies he's shot here, those have been made for money and lacked creative spirit. he says in comparison, the european films he felt like were much more artistic. >> ouch. >> he went on to say he finds
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manhattan poses fewer limitations than european cities. he said all of this while he was in spain promoting his latest film "you mill meet a tall, dark stranger." so it's funny to hear him say something like that. in his defense, he said that a lot of the stuff he shot in spain, movies like "vicky cristina barcelona," he said a lot of those actors were not doing it for money, they were people who really wanted to be part of a project they believed in. maybe perhaps that swayed him into which city he likes shooting movies in more. a lot of people are saying, woody! you of all people. >> he really is one of those iconic new yorkers like you said. i wonder how it will go over here in the actor, film circles in the big apple here. we'll see, we'll see. well, interesting. i think jay leno's a pretty funny guy. the last couple of months for him have been pretty interesting to say the least. apparently he was doing -- not e shat aomed club out i he decided to ll ae jo
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about mel gibson. apparently did not go over really well with the crowd at all. jay said, that me what a mess, mel gi had an w d a concentration camp. yeah, really. and then silence from the crowd. wait for the punch line. he drops the punch line which is, yep, died at a concentration camp, fell out of a guard tower drunk. more silence from the crowd. so i don't know. apparently mel's been on the show 21 times. jay, as the host, you wonder if that will kind of sever that relationship there. kind of a little bit off-color joke, apparently the crowd, even with mel's troubles, was not too receptive to jayhumo >> anyone who's been tomedypshyn lauryths fu the fackets not a good indicator. >> done. >> i know what that feels like. >> come on. >> daniel staub, the chick from "the real housewives of new jersey," she has a new single. she was on wpix, a news station in new york here, on tuesday talking about it. it's pretty funny.
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. tropical storm frank threatens the southern pacific coast of mexico this morning. shelters are open and schools are closed due to downpours, gusty winds and flooding. wikileaks promises to release information about the cia later today. that's when the website -- after the website recently posted some sensitive and secret war information, setting off a firestorm at the pentagon. and a new report just released shows credit card debt is the lowest it's been in eight years. figures from the second quarter of this year show customers paying off balances during this still-uncertain economy. finally this half hour, the trends heating up the internet this week. twitter has apparently gone to
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the dogs. >> and the web is buzzing about this weekend's primetime emmy awards. here's yahoo!'s trend expert, pamela woon. good morning, pamela. >> rob, vinita, good morning. so talk about taking twitter to the next level. here's the latest trend in tweeting. imagine your dog having its own twitter page. i kid you not. it's possible through a new website called puppytweet.com that's spiking 157% this week on yahoo! searches. here's how it works. the site sells an electronic dog tag with sound and motion sensors so whenever your dog moves it sends a tweet. one of 503 prewritten messages. his tweet may be worse than his bite. the site claims that your pooch can become the first pup in the twitterverse. pretty soon everyone will be tweeting about the emmys. the emmy awards are august 29th. while we can tell you who would win if the millions of users on yahoo! pick the winners.
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now, between "true blood" and "mad men," both best drama nominees, "true blood" gets three times the number of searches on yahoo! as "mad men" gets. between "glee" and "the office," both best comedy nominees, "glee" gets four times the searches. of all the tv stars nominated, sophia of "modern family" takes the crown. she's number one in searches. yahoo! does have a track record of predicting award show winners. including "american idol" five times in a row. we'll see if our users have correctly predicted this year's emmy winners. fingers crossed. rob, vinita, back to you. >> i'm thinking pamela's right. i have a feeling what people search the most, that's the one that wins. >> you think so? >> yeah. >> i'm trying to get over twitter accounts for the dogs. i'm trying to get that -- that's ridiculous. >> it costs about $30, in case you're wondering, available at amazon, target and toys "rrlrl
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political fight. the incumbents who won difficult battles in last night's primaries. is it a voter trend? then, busted budgets at public schools. it's so bad, parents have to buy toilet paper for students. and, rainy retreat. the first family's soggy summer break. >> they're having a great time, actually. you know, the rain has not dampened the spirits. >> the political tone on martha's vineyard. it's wednesday, august 25th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> it's so funny, yesterday we were talking this story about the most expensive public school ever built in l.a., today this story about how some parents are being asked to buy paper plates and toilet paper for their kids. so weird. >> impressive also how much teachers chip into the budget.
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we've always heard that but i think it's a story we're profiling, $400 he spends before even school begins. it's not like teachers are well-paid. it's just crazy. good morning, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. the primary season has wrapped up ahead of midterm elections in november. >> for the most part veterans were victorious. karn travers joins us with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. tuesday's primaries were the last big contests before november's midterm elections. the results bucked some recent trends. forget what you've heard about anti-incumbent fever. in yesterday's primaries the establishment candidates were the ones that prevailed. out in arizona, senator john mccain won big in his republican primary after a fierce challenge from former congressman j.d. hayworth. >> i'll fight with every ounce of strength and conviction i possess to make the case for my continued service in the senate.
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>> reporter: hayworth slammed mccain on immigration and spending. he even questioned his conservative credentials. this comes two years after mccain was the republican party's presidential nominee. now, mccain's win did not come cheap. the veteran senator spent $21 million. up in alaska, sarah palin was once again in the spotlight. but she was not on the ballot. the former alaska governor backed tea party candidate joe miller in the republican senate primary over senator lisa murkowski. down in florida, congressman kendrick meek crushed real estate mogul jeff greene for the democratic senate nomination. greene spent $23 million of his own fortune. meek said voters looked at their records. >> and i want to thank every floridian that cast a ballot in this primary election to make me the democratic nominee, and eventually the next senator of the state of florida. >> reporter: meek has no time to rest. he now enters a tough three-way
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battle against republican upstart marco rubio. and florida governor charlie crist, who left the republican party to run as an independent. rob and vinita? the economy will be the hot topic in this fall's elections, including just what the stimulus funds have achieved. a new analysis finds that the stimulus commitments will cost $27 billion more than expected. the total bill should be $814 billion. but the program is boosting economic growth. it's also saved or created up to 3.3 million jobs in the second quarter of this year alone. sales of existing homes fell to a record low last month and stock markets overseas are generally lower this morning as a result. the miserable housing report shocked economists. david muir reports. >> reporter: it is a record plunge. homeowners across this country simply unable to find buyers. >> i don't think we've ever seen a drop of this magnitude. >> reporter: economists had expected a drop of some kind, but not that 27% decline in sales from june to july. what's behind it?
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unemployment stagnant at 9.5%. and tax credits for home buyers running out. the median home price in this country now stands at just above $182,000, nearly flat from a year ago, in a country now suffering a housing hangover. >> the days of the house being an atm machine for a typical homeowner are over. >> reporter: so are the quickly rising home values too. >> between 20% and 30% year over year increases which were clearly unsustainable. >> reporter: it's a sea change for the american middle class. families who for so long looked at their home as their best chance for a big return on their investment, ever since the post-war housing boom in the 1950s. in fact, one of those homes we zeroed in on, so typical for the time, on seventh north street outside syracuse, new york. a three bedroom home, attached garage, hardwood floors. realtor bill cross can't sell it. >> this has been the bread and butter type of house that most of middle america has always lived in. >> reporter: in 1994 it sold for $48,000, a decade later nearly
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bubbled, $85,000. by this year the value reaching $107,000. but it wouldn't sell. not at $79,900. and just last week reduced to $64,900. there are 4 million other homes just like this. good for buyers if you ask one important question -- how long will you stay? >> if you're a first-time home buyer planning to be in the house at least five years, five to ten years, it's almost a no-brainer now is the good time to be in the marketplace. we haven't seen rates that low in the past 30, 40 years. >> reporter: you saw the value of that home drop. precipitously. economists i spoke to said across this country the average american putting their home on the market will find that house is now worth what it was six years ago, 2004. david muir, abc news, new york. in other news, postal workers from around the country are protesting plans to cut mail delivery on saturdays. they marched in detroit where they're attending their national convention. saturday delivery would end after this year as a way of saving money.
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workers say there will be job cuts as well. congress though has not made a final decision yet about saturday mail service. this year, more and more parents are finding that their back to school shopping lists include much more than notebooks and pens. that is because cash-strapped schools need help. linsey davis has the story. >> reporter: pencils, check. notebook, check. toilet paper? buying back to school basics just got very basic. did you say toilet paper is on your list? >> yes, you have toilet paper, you have napkins. >> reporter: with state budgets shrinking many schools are asking parents to buy more than glue sticks to hold it all together. on this year's checklist, dixie cups and paper plates in joshua, texas. mops and plastic utensils in seattle. and first graders in moody, alabama, have to bring in garbage bags. >> to expect all the parents to, you know, to spend that kind of money, you know, it's asking for a lot. >> reporter: what concerns parents like peter is just last
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week, schools got $10 billion in emergency government funding. but instead of using it to homework of our own. the average family spends $96 on required school supplies. nearly 10% more than last year. and in places parents aren't picking up the bill, teachers like ross lesano are dig even deeper. >> before school's even started i've spent probably about $400. >> of your own money? >> of my own money. >> reporter: kids' back to school backpacks will be carrying a much heavier load this year. an early lesson in economics. linsey davis, abc news, new york. enormous drilling equipment has arrived at the chilean mine where those 33 men are still trapped underground. it will be three days before the equipment can be ready to start drilling a rescue tunnel. food, medicine and communications gear were sent to the miners through three smaller
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holes. the men may be stuck underground until christmas. federal safety investigators are looking into millions of older jeep grand cherokees. millions of suvs made between '93 and 2004 could have a dangerous defect. investigators want to know if there is a fire risk in rollover or rear-end accidents. investigators say 55 deaths have design beginn 20 firefighters in southern oregon have finally gotten control of a raging fire that destroyed 11 homes. all the houses were in the same neighborhood on the outskirts of ashland. the fire set off explosions and some say they saw tornados of black smoke. there's been an extreme risk of fires in the area because of a drought as well as very high temperatures. now here is a look at your wednesday weather. soggy in the east with showers
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welcome back. music star fantasia overcame giant hurdles in life to win "american idol" back in 2004. now she's fighting to overcome her largest hurdle yet. >> she's speaking out about her recent suicide attempt and what saved her. don guevara is in los angeles with more. >> reporter: rob and vinita, fantasia barrino opened up about the last six years since winning "american idol." she had no problems pleasing the judges or the country, becoming the winner of "american idol." ♪ >> reporter: since that career high, fantasia barrino seems to have hit many more personal lows. earlier this month an overdose of sleeping pills and aspirin almost killed her. fantasia told vh1's "behind the music" it was no accident. >> i knew exactly what i was doing.
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you can't accidentally take a whole bottle of pills. >> reporter: on "good morning america," her first live interview since her suicide attempt, fantasia explains why she tried to kill herself. >> i think i was just overloaded with everything. with carrying six years of so much. >> reporter: six years of headlines and drama. most recently, fantasia was named in divorce papers as the reason for breaking up a couple's marriage. before that, it was all the broadway performances she missed while starring in "the color purple." there have been money troubles, family struggles, all taking away from what brought her into the spotlight. that unique voice. >> so much that people don't understand. they just see the glitz and the glamor. and they feel like life is so perfect. >> reporter: with the help of a life coach, fantasia is ready for a comeback.
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she has a new album and a better outlook on life. >> i always take a licking and keep on ticking. >> reporter: fantasia has a new reality series coming out next month which she hopes will further tell her side of the story. in los angeles, don guevara, abc news. >> it will be good for this to be a comeback for her. this girl had a rough life. she was raped at the age of 14, she was so teased in school about it she eventually dropped out, she was pregnant at the age of 17. i think she came out right after she won, said she was illiterate. she's had a rough, rough childhood. >> she really has tried to turn things around. she also went back and got her ged which a lot of professionals
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president obama is on vacation this week but with everything going on in the world it is hard to imagine he even gets a chance to relax.
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>> senior white house correspondent jake tapper reports from martha's vineyard, vacations for any president, past or present, is still pretty much politics as usual. >> reporter: the famously liberal residents and vacationers at martha's vineyard have welcomed the obamas to this gorgeous enclave with jubilation and giddiness. with banners heralded the president's accomplishments and a number of obama-themed wares. t-shirts, yes we can candy and baracky road fudge. and at the cantina, the obama-rita and barack-o-guaco. there is even obama-themed ice cream. >> we named barack my world and macadamia and caramel ice cream. popular flavors for a popular president. >> reporter: popular, right. well, 76% of the folks here on martha's vineyard voted for the president. so even if he's not popular in your neck of the woods, he remains a rock star on this progressive island. so everybody in martha's vineyard was excited and
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cooperative. except for mother nature. the wind and rain swept in sunday and have been relentless. knocking out power in some parts of the island. but not to worry, the white house tells us. the first family is safely ensconced at the blue heron farm. a spacious $20 million estate the first family rented at a cost of up to $50,000 a week. the obamas hit the aptly named sweet life cafe where the president had the new pasta appetizer with lobster and tenderloin. >> they're having a great time, actually. you know, the rain has not dampened spirits there. playing board games. >> reporter: a customer shot this at a local bookstore. but there are very few images of the first vacationers. the white house says the family wants its privacy but it's also true that with almost 10% unemployment and troops in harm's way in iraq and afghanistan, there's an extra sensitivity to images of the
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president having fun in the sun. or the rain. presidential vacations have long been a part of the mythology of the american presidency. president clinton was a very visible visitor to the vineyard. and there's george h.w. bush at kennebunkport, ronald reagan on horseback, richard nixon walking the beach in wingtips, lbj on his ranch, jfk on hyannis port. it's part of the image. some conservatives complain that this president is taking too many vacations. we asked cbs radio's mark knoller, the white house press corps' unofficial record keeper. how does president obama stack up when it comes to vacations to his predecessors? >> so far he's been on vacation, he's accumulated 46 days of vacation since taking office. now, compare that to his immediate predecessor. at this point in his presidency,
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george w. bush had been to his ranch on 14 occasions, spanning over 102 days, all or part of 102 days. >> reporter: that's truly what this is, a vacation from the white house, not the kind of vacation to which you or i are accustomed. after all, the president is briefed every day on the economy and on national security by this guy, counterterrorism adviser john brennan. >> any time that i have anything that i need to convey to the president, i can do it very quickly. i can be in touch with him a number of times during the day. and i anticipate that that will be the same throughout the course of the time here on the island. >> reporter: this is jake tapper on martha's vineyard. >> something important to pass on to you this morning. apparently we just had a call from the president and the highlight of his trip was meeting willis in a bookstore on martha's vineyard. >> you just saw him and yelled obama? >> yeah.
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> don't freak out, all our fans on facebook, there's a reason i'm in the front today. >> i have a short dress on. and i will say in my defense, i'm 5'9" so anything i wear that's short is really short on me. so i know you're going to make lewd comments on our facebook fan page but it's not lewd so don't go there. let's talk about this first paper because it's really interesting. this family is in madison, wisconsin. they decide to take a picture in front of the capitol. the dad sets the camera on timer and the whole family gets behind
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the camera. the next thing he realizes as they're walking away is, i left my bag right on the steps, oh, is it still going to be there? it's gone. he starts thinking to himself, there were a lot of people taking photos, maybe somebody actually took a photo, because they had been there for a wedding. look in the background. do you see what's going on? that's the thief. he's taking the bag. you can see it's not that descript but he could make out the outfit. this very smart dad took this picture to security at the capitol and the security guard said, we know who that guy is. >> they recognized his butt? >> they recognized the outfit, they recognized the guy. he was regularly at the capitol. turns out this guy is always there. they were able to immediately locate him on the street. he still had the dad's bag, wallet, everything inside. in his defense he said i thought
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it was just an abandoned bag, although that's not really a defense. the funny thing to me is the dad then went up and put on his flickr web page pictures of the kids posing with the police officers that helped. it's interesting to me that he caught it all. >> just a lovely vacation. man. well, coming from new orleans, the big thing on new year's eve at midnight, you need to duck somewhere because a tradition out there is to shoot bullets in the air at midnight. a lot of cities do this but it's always a thing in this city, you could get hit by a descending bullet, you could do somwcwcwcwc
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market meltdown. the worst housing sales report in decades. the impact on the economy and the white house. then, fierce firefight. the challenging battle against spreading flames and intense heat in southern california. and, smartphone sight. the break-in as it happened, viewed on a homeowner's iphone. yes, there's an app for that. it's wednesday, august 25th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> imagine seeing a robbery at your house in dallas. while you are visiting your parents in connecticut. >> how'd that work? how did the iphone catch that? >> they had a $4.99 app.
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>> really. >> yes. it's a story you want to stick around for. because they got really lucky. they had it all on tape. >> there really is an app for everything. amazing. good morning, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. stock markets overseas are lower this morning after a grim housing report here in the u.s. sales of existing homes hit a record low. >> investors are anticipating even more bad news from economic reports, including new home sales due out today. emily schmidt has the latest from washington. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and vinita, good morning. washington and wall street certainly hoping for a better morning today than yesterday. after housing sales plunged and took the markets down with them. home sweet home lost a little of its luster as the housing market took a huge hit. the national association of realtors reports sa previously owned hoslum 27%, tharged dating back to 19pstocr to below 10,000 for theirsm in seven weeks. as investors worry about the
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possibility of a double-dip recession. the white house says there's work to be done but insists there is improvement. >> the president's doing everything that we think is appropriate to continue moving the economy in the right direction. >> reporter: republican leader john boehner disagrees, calling for pink slips for some of the president's top economic advisers. >> president obama should ask for and accept the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with secretary geithner and larry summers, the head of the national economic council. >> reporter: the call comes one week after the latest associated press/gfk poll shows 56% of presidelg ooll shows 56% of >> we've government asity organizer and it hasn't worked. our fresh start needs to begin now. >> reporter: democrats quickly slammed boehner's speech. >> mr. boehner is nostalgic for those good old days. but the american people are not. they don't want to go back. they want to move forward.
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>> reporter: the latest associated press poll asks voters whether they trusted democrats or republicans to handle the economy. voters said they were split. rob and vinita, back to you. the last primaries before november's election have wrapped up with political veterans victorious in major races. in florida representative kendrick meek won the democratic nomination. scott is the republican nominee for governor. he spent $38 million of his own money to campaign. in arizona john mccain cruised to victory over his conservative challenger. in alaska, incumbent senator lisa murkowski's race is very close. sarah palin has backed murkowski's opponent, joe miller, in a vigorous campaign. the justice department is rushing to appeal a court decision that blocks federal funding of all embryonic stem cell research. >> the challenge is brought by researchers who want funding for adult stem cell research instead. t.j. winick has the story. >> reporter: one embryonic stem
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cell research advocate told me the ruling is an unmitigated disaster. a showdown taking place on the cutting edge of science. at least for now those advocating for embryonic stem cell research, including the obama administration, have suffered a serious setback. >> we're reviewing it to see what's most appropriate so we can keep this important, potentially life-saving, research moving forward in the most ethical way possible. >> reporter: not long after taking office president obama signed an executive order expanding embryonic stem cell research. now u.s. district judge royce lambreth has blocked its federal funding. he ruled the president's ruling violates a law that bans federal financing for any research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to injury or death. right to life groups are claiming victory. >> we are thrilled with the decision. because we believe that life begins at fertilization and so we see an embryo as being a human being. >> reporter: susan suliman is
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the ceo of the new york stem cell foundation. >> you don't want to run, you know, a one-legged potato sack race. you really want to have, you know, every possible tool that you can in your arsenal. >> reporter: don reid, whose son roman is paralyzed from the waist down, vows to continue fighting. >> every day of delay is research denied, is cure denied. people are suffering now. we've got to get this political nonsense out of the way. >> reporter: since president obama signed the order last year, the groups of cells that can be used for research has nearly quadrupled. rob and vinita? a new report says the pentagon needs to do a better job of preventing military suicides. an independent task force ordered by congress suggests creating a new office to set strategy across all service branches. more than 1,100 troops killed themselves between 2005 and 2009. most were in the army or marines, the two branches most stretched by the wars in iraq and afghanistan.
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a huge piece of machinery has arrived at the site where the 33 chilean miners were trapped deep inside of a mine. it will take three days to set up the machine which could eventually provide a life-saving tunnel. jeffrey kofman reports from chile. >> reporter: if those trapped miners are going to be liberated, this massive drill that arrived at the site is their best hope. chile's minister of mines spoke to one of the trapped miners by intercom. "how are you feeling," he asks. "we are fine," says the miner. "we are waiting to be rescued." the men don't yet know drilling that rescue hole could take four months. officials worry the news will demoralize them. for now, the men are euphoric. singing chile's national anthem for all to hear. we now know the men were found just in time. their meager emergency food supply would have run out. the miners meticulously rationed that food for 17 days. each was allowed two spoons of tuna, half a biscuit, and half a cup of milk once every two days.
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rescuers estimate the men have each lost close to 20 pounds. which is why the first supply tube sent down contained 33 jars of glucose and 33 doses of stomach medicine. one for each miner. one of their first requests? toothbrushes. just how to keep the men in good mental and physical health while the rescue hole is drilled is now a priority. these men face the prospect of being entombed for months. what will they face? thomas foye spent 78 hours trapped in the quecreek mine in pennsylvania in 2002. >> it was hell is what it was. name of the game is you never give up and just got to hope and pray and hope the good lord's going to follow through. >> reporter: being trapped underground for months is unprecedented. the families here say with confidence that their men will make it. "there can be no wait with more anguish than the one we have just gone through," says carol, of the wait for word the men were alive. "they are strong and they know we are sending our love. i came to bring him home." families say they will continue
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their vigil as long as their loved ones are trapped inside the mountain. they believe it won't take until christmas to get them out. jeffrey kofman, abc news, chile. a runaway truck in southern california has killed three members of one family. the truck was hauling tons of gravel when it flew off an embankment and crushed a home in santa barbara. the victims were inside the house. the father, mother, and their 7-year-old son. police say the truck apparently lost its brakes and the driver was trying to avoid crashing into a hotel. there are reports that lindsay lohan is out of rehab, more than two months early. a judge is set to review the troubled star's probation violation case today, though she's not required to be there. lohan served 13 days in jail for skipping required outpatient substance abuse treatment.
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breaking news. >> breaking news today. hundreds of homes in the line of fire under evacuation orders in kern county. right now more than 1,100 acres have burned. >> this is eyewitness news at 6:00. tonight, more than 150 firefighters are locked in this dangerous firefight near lebec. as many as 200 homes are evacuated in the area near frazier park in lebec, and more evacuations could be ahead. our breaking news team coverage begins live over the fire. j.t.? >> reporter: yeah, what you're looking at right here is that ridge line. this is the ridge line that divides frazier park from the fire itself. the southern flank of this fire. but basically the dc-10 right now is back inbound to drop that 12,000 gallons of phos-chek retardant on this line to keep it in between the homes here in frazier park and the fire. right now the fire has to burn downhill against the wind and over that phos-chek line to make it down to this community of
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frazier park. right now it's looking fairly good unless the winds shift or something changes with those sundowner winds. reporting live, j.t. alpaugh. >> thank you. and in nearby frazier park, people are getting told to get ready to go should the evacuation call come. eyewitness news is there live and speaking with the anxious residents. leo? >> reporter: exactly, david. some residents here in frazier park have reportedly been told to stand ready. they have gotten phone calls to stand ready just in case they need to evacuate. here in frazier park, we are less than two miles away from where the flames are burning in lebec, the flames are burning just on the other side of that ridge there. air 7 is over the fire in lebec. there's a lot of smoke burning. there's some fires still burning in that area. now, this assault, the assault on this fire is an aerial assault. firefighters have been pounding away at the fire from the air. the dc-10 has been brought in on numerous occasions which has really helped to beat back the
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flames. no structures burned as of yet. nearly 200 residents in lebec have been evacuated. they have been told to come to frazier mountain high school. this is where the evacuation center is. and as the firefight continues, residents in frazier park are concerned if shifting winds push flames into their community. again, they could be the next ones to evacuate. a lot of those residents stand ready to do just that. you see there are a lot of beautiful homes just on the ridge of the frazier park side. not far from where those flames are burning just on the other side there in lebec. those residents there are ready. residents on the other side of us, some of them have reportedly been told to be ready to evacuate if the need to evacuate comes down. that all depends on what the winds do. now, firefighters have been bringing in more and more resources. l.a. county fire, cal fire brought in, to help pound away at the flames here. and firefighters, of course,
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hoping at some point they'll be able to get on the ground and get in there close enough to choke this fire off completely. but again, the biggest part of this attack has come from the air. live in frazier park, leo stallworth, abc 7 eyewitness news. >> right now joining us on the phone is jamie cohen, owner of rocky's downtown bar and grill in lebec. >> that's correct. >> i understand your daughter was evacuated from her home. what's her status right now? >> right now they're basically just trying to find out what the status is in the canyon from where they were evacuated. and just trying to get some information. there's still -- the fire is still burning, obviously. and a lot of black smoke. and she was one of the -- among the first people to be evacuated out of that canyon. and it was pretty frighteningly close. so right now, just waiting to find out the status of what's going on in the canyon and see what direction the fire seems to be going.
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>> we should point out shortly after that newscast, the evacuation orders thankfully were lifted in that area. >> hopefully the situation's getting a little better. coming up, security video captures the scene that would really disturb anyone. >> oh, yeah. the uproar over the video and what a woman was caught on tape doing to a cat. we'll be right back. abab
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this is unbelievable video. this is caught on surveillance footage from great britain. it has a woman in a lot of hot water. it shows her shoving a live cat into a dumpster. >> the video which has gone online has gone viral. now animal lovers are demanding the woman be arrested. the bbc shows us exactly what happened. >> reporter: an ordinary street. and at first, this looks like an ordinary encounter between a woman and a cat in coventry. but then this happens. grabbed by the scruff of the neck, lola the tabby is dumped in the bin. it took 15 hours to find her. and after reviewing the footage from their cctv cameras, her owners were shocked to discover
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how she got there. >> it was very cruel. i just can't understand what would go through anyone's head just to do such a thing, you know, to an animal. it could have been a lot worse, she could have been in there a lot longer. >> reporter: the footage has generated global interest on the internet and is now with the authorities. the pictures from these cameras initially put up to keep an eye on the family car are so clear that the police have been able to identify the woman in them. and she'll be interviewed shortly by rspca inspectors who are leading the investigation. in the meantime, they're urging members of the public to allow them to deal with the matter. anthony bartram, bbc news, coventry. >> according to authorities the woman has not yet been arrested because she hasn't committed an actual crime. authorities there are still talking to her so we'll see where the case goes. >> there's been so much outrage about this story there's actually a facebook page now set
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finally this half hour, when it comes to stopping crooks with your iphone, there is an app for that. >> incredible. a burglary was busted up and the robbers were caught on the homeowner's iphone when they were halfway across the country. wfaa's jason whitley reports now from dallas. >> this is the guy came in, he went like this. to look inside the house. >> reporter: vince hunter considers himself tech-savvy. >> so we checked -- we just checked on our phone. i've got a few webcams set up here. and we could see it kind of unfolding as the guys were leaving.
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>> reporter: but never realized the newest app on his iphone would thwart a burglary while he was out of town. >> 1,500 miles away, live footage to our phones of guys breaking into our house. >> reporter: the technology is amazing. >> they had just got done robbing the house -- >> reporter: it sent him a text message friday afternoon, alerting him of movement inside his house. as two men wearing gloves peeked through the patio door, then started throwing a brick at the glass. >> this is where it hit right here. we watched them throw it three times. right here. kind of see where it hit. >> reporter: vince hunter was in connecticut, visiting his parents, watching helplessly as it all unfolded on his mobile phone. >> the fourth time i decided to wind up and really let it rip. just went right through. this here brick was sitting in the middle of our living room floor. >> reporter: it's called the icam. a $4.99 app. >> the software broadcasts sound.
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>> reporter: the hunters called 911 from connecticut as their home security system did the same in dallas. minutes later, police with guns drawn stepped inside. they got the icam a couple of months ago as a supplement to their security system and are able to peek in their own home any time from anywhere. by using an app on their mobile phone. >> i've gone through sadness and now it's anger. i mean, these -- they're just hoodlums. and the fact that they keep doing this over and over again, they have to be stopped. a cabinet where i kept all of my silver -- >> reporter: the same burglars had just hit julie mcdonald's home two doors down and are suspected in a number of neighborhood burglaries. not yet in custody, but an iphone app has finally caught them on camera. >> five bucks well spent. wow. >> you know, the funny thing to me is they have the traditional security system. >> right. >> and this sounds like it almost beat that system. they say it kind of timed out
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